2008 Sabon Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Olivets
black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry, strawberry, vanilla and musk
vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box, cedar, game, tar and dust
"Earthy, sweaty and a little cheese rind to go with the plump red fruit. Sweet and ripe on the palate, but soft and drinkable. Light on the mid palate. Drink from 2010-2014.(RH)", 16.5 out of 20, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages
"There is rigorous selection of the grapes during the vendage, and vinification with controlled fermentation temperature in the vats. Tannins are more and more extracted over a period of 20 days, using daily ‘remontage’ (draining some wine out of the bottom of the fermentation vat and pumping it up to the top) and ‘delestage’ (pumping the juice out of the fermentation vat, keeping it in another vat for a short period of time before pumping it back into the fermentation vat). The wine matures in barrels of 40 hectolitres for a period of 15 months. 50 years vine age." - Importer
" Didier Negron and Jean-Jacques Sabon In the early 20th century, Seraphin Sabon married Marie Jausset, daughter of Romain and Marie-Angelie Brunel. Born in Serignan of Comtat, North of Orange in the Vaucluse, he took on and expanded his wife’s family business - which dates back to 1560. Marie has three sons – one of which is Roger who founded the Domaine in 1952 in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation. In 1973, Roger expanded the business for the for the first of several times, by investing with his sons, Jean-Jacques, Denis & Gilbert. Since 2001, vinification is in the care of Didier Négron, son-in- law of Jean Jacques Sabon. Denis and his son Julien take care of the fields. Delphine, daughter of Denis is often in the reception. The wines of the Domaine are the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the winemaker and each portion of the land. Didier and Jean-Jacques maintain the old traditions and alchemy of the wine cellar revealing the secrets and subtle potentialities of the vines. Their winemaking involves a century-old savoir faire that preserves and expresses the different aromatic nuances of each variety of grape." - Importer
This was also rated 88 points by the Rhone Report, and 87 points by The Wine Advocate & The International Wine Cellar.